Frequently asked questions about CBD and CBD products

What is CBD used for?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is popular for its potential to relieve pain, reduce seizures, ease anxiety and depression, and help those suffering from substance abuse disorders in some people. There is not much peer-reviewed clinical research to prove the efficacy of CBD for most ailments in humans, but anecdotal reports and research on animals has shown promise.

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How long does it take CBD to work?

The method of consumption plays a critical role in how long it will take to feel the effects of CBD. Upon entering the system, CBD interacts with a wide range of proteins in the body and central nervous system. The way CBD operates throughout the body — and is inevitably eliminated from the body — depends on several factors that vary from person to person.

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Is CBD oil addictive?

While all signs suggest that CBD is not addictive, it's possible that someone who takes large amounts of CBD on a daily basis could experience side effects when stopping.

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How does CBD feel?

The interaction between CBD and the body may create perceptions of relaxation and an improved mood. The exact “feeling” you'll get from CBD is contingent on several factors, including the type of CBD product, the total CBD dosage, as well as factors unique to individuals.

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How long does CBD oil stay in your system?

The amount of time CBD remains detectable in the body depends on several factors. One study found that the estimated half-life of CBD in the blood was three to five days for daily consumers, but this is highly variable depending on the method of administration.

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Does CBD oil make you sleepy?

There is promising evidence that CBD may support sleep by reducing anxiety and promoting feelings of calm and relaxation. Terpenes present in CBD oil influence the individual's response to the oil — some terpenes encourage calming effects. CBD may also trigger tiredness or sleep response through its effects on the 5-HT1A serotonin receptors in the brain.

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Can you have an allergic reaction to CBD oil?

Though there's not much in the way of allergy research specifically for CBD oil, the cannabis plant itself has been linked to allergic reactions. Allergies can also develop to some of the terpenes found in cannabis/hemp.

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Do CBD and alcohol mix?

CBD and alcohol each interact with our bodies in different ways depending on a host of factors, including genetic makeup and metabolism. Mixing CBD and alcohol may lower blood alcohol levels while reducing some of alcohol's toxic effects on the liver. Animal studies have also shown that CBD may mitigate neurodegenerative and oxidative liver damage associated with alcohol use. CBD oil is unlikely to alleviate immediate alcohol intoxication or impairment of motor skills, but it might help alleviate hangover symptoms such as headaches and nausea.

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Will CBD oil show up on a drug test?

CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis. In most cases, it's highly unlikely that CBD oil will show up on a drug test, which generally screens for THC metabolites. Hemp-derived CBD products are legally allowed to contain a maximum of 0.3% THC. If you're concerned that using CBD-infused products will cause you to fail a drug test, look for products made using CBD distillate or crystalline, which should remove all traces of THC.

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